Sculpture

Courses

100 Level

  • SCPT 110 Beginning Sculptural Practices I
     

    SCPT 110

    Beginning Sculptural Practices I
    A thorough understanding of basic forming techniques is essential to the creation of sculpture. This course provides an introduction to forming with wood and metal. Emphasis is on acquiring technical skill and learning the safe and appropriate use of tools and materials. Study also addresses the impact of material and technique upon form and content. Historical and contemporary forming in wood and metal provide a theoretical basis for the studio work. Prerequisite(s): DSGN 102.
  • SCPT 115 Beginning Sculptural Practices II
     

    SCPT 115

    Beginning Sculptural Practices II
    The use of malleable materials and forming processes has a long tradition in sculpture and remains vital today. In part II of this sequence, students develop technical skill in forming a variety of soft media. Study includes an introduction to modeling and moldmaking and explorations into nontraditional media and forming processes. Students learn how their choice of material and process affect the physical, conceptual and psychological aspects of their work. The study of historical and contemporary practice provides a theoretical basis for the studio work. Prerequisite(s): DSGN 102.  
  • CERA 125 Introduction to Ceramics
     

    CERA 125

    Introduction to Ceramics
    This course explores a variety of ceramic processes, from hand buildings to basic use of the wheel. Focus of the course is on students’ ability to build technical skill and on aesthetic approaches to using ceramic materials. Prerequisite(s): DSGN 102.

200 Level

  • SCPT 203 Additive and Subtractive Sculptural Processes
     

    SCPT 203

    Additive and Subtractive Sculptural Processes
    This course addresses processes for working in subtractive and additive methods of sculpture. Students learn traditional subtractive techniques using manual tools, including pointing, blocking, surfacing and finishing processes. The additive process is presented through techniques of fabrication and assemblage in a variety of materials including wood, found objects and mixed media. Prerequisite(s): DSGN 102.
  • SCPT 204 Moldmaking and Casting Sculptural Processes
     

    SCPT 204

    Moldmaking and Casting Sculptural Processes
    The practical aspects of moldmaking and casting from molds, including mold construction in a variety of materials and techniques, are presented in this course. Students learn usage and applications of waste, slump, piece and rubber molds. Casting processes are conducted in a variety of materials, such as plastics, cast concrete/synthetic stone, metal and glass, as well as less traditional casting media. Prerequisite(s): DSGN 102.
  • SCPT 205 Figure Modeling in Clay and Plaster
     

    SCPT 205

    Figure Modeling in Clay and Plaster
    Students explore traditional materials and processes for figurative sculpture using a live model. Emphasis is placed on traditional additive and casting methods of working. Slide presentations, critiques and instruction in the safe, appropriate use of tools augment studio work. Prerequisite(s): DSGN 102.
  • SCPT 212 Introduction to Forging
     

    SCPT 212

    Introduction to Forging
    Forging metal has been an integral part of sculpture throughout time. Students in this course learn the basic skills needed to successfully manipulate metal through the forging process. An understanding and application of safe tool usage is examined. Students are also introduced to the historical and contemporary contexts of forging. Prerequisite(s): DSGN 102.
  • CERA 215 Ceramic Techniques: Wheel Throwing I
     

    CERA 215

    Ceramic Techniques: Wheel Throwing I
    This course is designed to present wheel throwing with a focus on vessel design. Students learn to make basic utilitarian, functional and sculptural vessels and use the wheel as a means of expression with clay. Prerequisite(s): DSGN 102.
  • CERA 218 Moldmaking and Slip Casting for Ceramics I
     

    CERA 218

    Moldmaking and Slip Casting for Ceramics I
    This course is an exploration of the diversity of clay as an industrial material. Moldmaking and slip casting techniques are covered for the making of functional and nonfunctional ceramic objects. Historic, contemporary and industrial references are used to further the understanding of these techniques. Prerequisite(s): DSGN 102.
  • CERA 220 Ceramic Tableware Design
     

    CERA 220

    Ceramic Tableware Design
    This course is an exploration of functional forms and surface design pertaining to ceramic tableware. Historical references are studied to further develop the production of functional tableware. Students apply casting and jiggering techniques to create forms; surface decoration techniques include under-glaze/over-glaze, luster, China paint and decal applications. Prerequisite(s): DSGN 102.
  • CERA 225 Ceramics Surface Design
     

    CERA 225

    Ceramics Surface Design
    Through a variety of studio assignments and in-class exercises, this course covers how commercial ceramics surface designs are created, applied and used on mass produced utilitarian and sculptural objects. The ability to use decorating processes such as decals, wax resist, templates, silk screening and stenciling creates an understanding of common ceramics industry practices. Students build a range of technical skills and explore aesthetic approaches to ceramics surface design. Prerequisite(s): CERA 125.
  • SCPT 225 Introduction to Sculptural Processes: Warm Glass
     

    SCPT 225

    Introduction to Sculptural Processes: Warm Glass
    Students in this course learn to manipulate glass with hand and power tools. They also use available slumping and fusing technologies with digitally controlled glass and annealing kilns to explore the medium and its conceptual applications. Prerequisite(s): DSGN 102.
  • SCPT 240 Introduction to Proposals, Maquettes and Models
     

    SCPT 240

    Introduction to Proposals, Maquettes and Models
    Maquettes, models and 2-D support materials are an important part of sculpture as well as public art. This course focuses on the technical application and construction of support material used in proposing successful projects. Students learn a variety of hands-on skills and techniques to clearly communicate developed concepts in a visual context. Prerequisite(s): DSGN 102.
  • SCPT 250 Digital Applications in Sculpture I
     

    SCPT 250

    Digital Applications in Sculpture I
    This course explores the relationship between digital tools and sculptural practice. Lectures and hands-on activities are supplemented by 2-D vector based programs, digital photography software and 3-D modeling programs. Students learn how to use the computer as a design tool for sculpture and to prepare files for various outputs. Prerequisite(s): DSGN 102, CMPA 100 or CMPA 110 or ELDS 225.
  • SCPT 271 Introduction to Foundry
     

    SCPT 271

    Introduction to Foundry
    This course is an introduction to basic foundry techniques, designed to teach students the principles and vocabulary of cast metal. Through a variety of projects, students demonstrate the ability to translate and develop a sculptural idea through the processes of modeling, moldmaking, casting and finishing, including patination, polishing and other metal finishing techniques. Prerequisite(s): DSGN 102.
  • SCPT 275 Direct Metal Sculpture
     

    SCPT 275

    Direct Metal Sculpture
    The history and application of direct metal sculpture techniques is the focus of this course. Basic welding and forming techniques provide the basis for the exploration of 3-D form and sculptural practice. Emphasis is placed on the proper and safe use of equipment associated with creating welded sculpture. Students explore how line, plane and volume can be used as modes of sculptural expression. Prerequisite(s): DSGN 102.

300 Level

  • CERA 300 Architectural Ceramics
     

    CERA 300

    Architectural Ceramics
    This course explores the diverse properties of clay as an architectural material. A broad range of techniques, processes and design principles are covered for the making and installation of architectural ceramics, including bricks and tiles for murals. Historical and contemporary issues related to ceramic usage in architectural contexts are addressed. Prerequisite(s): DSGN 102.
  • SCPT 303 Sculptural Trends and Concepts
     

    SCPT 303

    Sculptural Trends and Concepts
    By examining the chronological development of sculptural practices and applications in a studio environment, students in this course gain a stronger understanding of the origins of contemporary sculpture while examining their personal role in relation to applications, contexts and trends. Studio projects are based on research and understanding of sculptural developments since 1945. Prerequisite(s): SCPT 115.
  • SCPT 305 Portrait Sculpture
     

    SCPT 305

    Portrait Sculpture
    The sculptural portrait in the academic tradition, and the use of the sculpted head and figure for expression, are the starting points for this exploration of contemporary portraiture issues. Students expand their observational skills to produce detailed and accurate work from direct observation. Additionally, this course addresses specific issues related to the completion of realistic portraits in direct and indirect methods, including bronze, cast resins, plaster, clay and alternative materials. Prerequisite(s): SCPT 205.
  • SCPT 308 Material Manipulation and Visual Language
     

    SCPT 308

    Material Manipulation and Visual Language
    Through a deeper understanding of the connection between materials, processes and concepts and with an emphasis on the exploration of materials and sensitivity to their appropriate application, this course is designed to expose students to materials and their manipulation as a means to connect material vocabulary and personal expression. Prerequisite(s): ARTH 207 and SCPT 115.
  • CERA 315 Ceramics Techniques: Wheel Throwing II
     

    CERA 315

    Ceramics Techniques: Wheel Throwing II
    Students advance their wheel-throwing skills and techniques and investigate design concepts and surface treatments for functional and nonfunctional forms relative to contemporary wheel-throwing design issues as well as clay and glaze formulations. Prerequisite(s): CERA 215.
  • SCPT 315 Technology in Sculpture
     

    SCPT 315

    Technology in Sculpture
    The integration of modern technology has become a common functional and conceptually relevant part of contemporary sculptural practice. Students in this course learn the essential assembly skills necessary to implement basic mechanical, electronic, pneumatic and other commonplace mechanical processes and electronic technologies into sculptural work. Prerequisite(s): SCPT 110.
  • CERA 318 Moldmaking and Slip Casting for Ceramics II
     

    CERA 318

    Moldmaking and Slip Casting for Ceramics II
    This course allows students to further explore the diversity of clay as an industrial material. Moldmaking and slip casting techniques are covered at the intermediate level for both functional and nonfunctional ceramics production. Students study historical and contemporary applications, techniques and design issues involved in industrial ceramics production. Prerequisite(s): CERA 218.
  • SCPT 320 Intermediate Sculptural Practices
     

    SCPT 320

    Intermediate Sculptural Practices
    Contemporary sculptural practice demands expanding the potential meaning and message within 3-D forms. Traditional and contemporary historical research provides students the foundation to explore the elements of personal vision. Themes are developed through a series of student-generated and faculty supervised proposals and work. This course acts as a point of reflection for the sculpture major, offering the opportunity to develop proficiency in previously utilized materials and techniques. Prerequisite(s): SCPT 115 and any 200-level SCPT course.
  • CERA 325 Intermediate Ceramics
     

    CERA 325

    Intermediate Ceramics
    This course is designed to provide in-depth concentration on functional and nonfunctional ceramics projects. Historical and contemporary issues in ceramics are covered through lectures, slide presentations and critiques, and students are introduced to a wide variety of clay and glaze formulas. Formal and informal demonstrations are provided with each assignment. Students experiment with concepts and approaches to become familiar with kiln firing. Preliminary drawings, both small- and full-scale, are required. Prerequisite(s): CERA 125.
  • SCPT 360 Installation Art
     

    SCPT 360

    Installation Art
    This course explores many of the 20th-century sculptural issues related to installation art. Topics may include indoor and outdoor site-specific work, sculpture on a grand scale and 3-D public art. Students are required to execute an installation piece complete with proposals and preliminary models. Prerequisite(s): SCPT 115.
  • SCPT 371 Intermediate Foundry
     

    SCPT 371

    Intermediate Foundry
    Expanding upon foundry knowledge acquired in previous study, this course serves as the basis for exploration into the expressive possibilities of cast metal. Emphasis is placed on the integration of conceptual direction with a variety of metal casting and patination techniques. Prerequisite(s): SCPT 271.
  • SCPT 375 Advanced Metal: Foundry and Welding
     

    SCPT 375

    Advanced Metal: Foundry and Welding
    Students develop advanced technical skills in welding and metal casting to create meaningful objects that express personal vision. Emphasis in this course is on preliminary designing and construction of ideas and individual expression. All instruction covers the safe and proper use of equipment and tools. Prerequisite(s): SCPT 370.

400 Level

  • CERA 400 Advanced Applications in Ceramics
     

    CERA 400

    Advanced Applications in Ceramics
    After exploring the boundaries of clay at the intermediate levels, students in this course focus on developing a portfolio-quality body of ceramic work through diverse technical and aesthetic approaches. Additionally, students learn about the science of clay and glaze formulation explored through projects, in-class exercises and lab work. Prerequisite(s): CERA 325.
  • SCPT 402 Sculpture in Context: Public Art
     

    SCPT 402

    Sculpture in Context: Public Art
    A project-based approach towards working in the public realm is utilized in this course. By producing project proposals based on Request for Proposals, students examine the issues of public space, the role and interaction of the audience and the concept and context of form in the public realm. Prerequisite(s): SCPT 360.
  • SCPT 406 Advanced Figurative Sculpture
     

    SCPT 406

    Advanced Figurative Sculpture
    This course continues exploration of the figure through traditional and contemporary materials and processes. Although students work from direct observation, emphasis for the course is on the expressive potential of the media and the figure itself. Large-scale work is encouraged and alternative materials and surface treatments are explored. Prerequisite(s): SCPT 205.
  • SCPT 420 Advanced Sculptural Practices
     

    SCPT 420

    Advanced Sculptural Practices
    This course focuses on consistent visual vocabulary, media, process, clarity of thought and conceptual/theoretical issues and facilitates student preparation for the final year of study. Students demonstrate significant research to support personal vision and serious aesthetic investigation resulting in a portfolio of work that integrates form and content. Prerequisite(s): SCPT 320.
  • SCPT 450 Computer Modeling for Sculptural Practices: Advanced Projects
     

    SCPT 450

    Computer Modeling for Sculptural Practices: Advanced Projects
    Students explore their own personal visions using digital tools and computer software programs designed for the development of 3-D forms, spaces, objects, sites and processes. Students develop a critical basis for the evaluation of their use and explore the possibilities and implications of digital tools and processes. Prerequisite(s): CMPA 100, SCPT 250.
  • SCPT 460 Sculpture in Context: Time and Movement
     

    SCPT 460

    Sculpture in Context: Time and Movement
    Through an understanding of the 3-D world through experiments in 4-D elements, students examine what is possible in relation to kinetic approaches, time-based materials and available technologies. By researching and exploring 4-D approaches, including performance and installation, as well as nontraditional material usage and technology, students develop projects that are experiential rather than object-based. Prerequisite(s): SCPT 360.
  • SCPT 479 Undergraduate Internship
     

    SCPT 479

    Undergraduate Internship
    Internships offer students valuable opportunities to work in a professional environment and gain firsthand experience to help them prepare for careers. In an approved internship setting, a student typically spends one quarter working with an on-site professional supervisor and a faculty internship supervisor to achieve specific goals and objectives related to the program of study. Prerequisite(s): 90 credit hours, 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • SCPT 490 Senior Seminar in Sculpture
     

    SCPT 490

    Senior Seminar in Sculpture
    The goal of this course is to develop a cohesive body of sculptural work, representative of the student’s personal vision. This work is the result of both directed study given by the professor and independent research on the part of the student. Through the process of regularly scheduled critiques, the professor guides the student through conceptual and formal problems to bring realization to the student’s individual direction. Students examine their creative goals as artists and develop a personal aesthetic philosophy. Prerequisite(s): SCPT 420.
  • CERA 499 Special Topics in Ceramic Arts
     

    CERA 499

    Special Topics in Ceramic Arts
    The topic of this course varies from term to term. Each course focuses on various issues in the field of ceramics and allows students to pursue individual projects related to the subject of the course. Prerequisite(s): Vary according to topic.
  • SCPT 499 Special Topics in Sculpture
     

    SCPT 499

    Special Topics in Sculpture
    The topic of this course varies from quarter to quarter. Each seminar focuses on various issues in the field of sculpture and allows students to pursue individual projects related to the subject of the course. Prerequisite(s): Vary according to topic.

500 Level

  • SCPT 502 Sculptural Methods Studio
     

    SCPT 502

    Sculptural Methods Studio
    A thorough understanding of basic forming techniques is essential to the creation of sculpture work. This course provides an introduction to forming with wood, metal, modeling and moldmaking at an accelerated pace with emphasis on acquiring technical skill and learning the safe and appropriate use of tools and materials. Students also learn how to respond to materials through the act of forming and to develop sensitivity to the physical, conceptual and psychological imprint of materials and processes. Prerequisite(s):

700 Level

  • CERA 701 Architectural Ceramics
     

    CERA 701

    Architectural Ceramics
    Designed to explore the diverse properties of clay as an architectural material, this course presents a broad range of techniques, processes and design principles relating to the making and installation of architectural ceramics, including bricks and tiles for murals. Clay and glaze applications and formulations are covered. Historical and contemporary issues related to ceramic usage in architectural contexts are also addressed. Prerequisite(s):
  • CERA 702 Graduate Ceramics Processes
     

    CERA 702

    Graduate Ceramics Processes
    Designed for students who have limited ceramics experience, this course integrates a variety of ceramics processes, including hand building, moldmaking and use of the potters' wheel. Students become adept at applying a variety of techniques for clay forming and surface decoration. Historical and contemporary aesthetic issues in ceramic arts are also covered through lectures, presentations and critiques. Prerequisite(s):
  • SCPT 704 Sculptural Studio Processes
     

    SCPT 704

    Sculptural Studio Processes
    Sculptural expression in the 21st century is no longer limited to an object and can embrace limitless 3-D expressions. The primary goal of this course is to create an awareness of the breadth of expression and the possible forms sculpture can take. Through readings, lectures, discussions and studio projects, this course explores the integration of materials, processes, content and form. Prerequisite(s):
  • SCPT 710 Graduate Sculpture Seminar
     

    SCPT 710

    Graduate Sculpture Seminar
    Current issues and themes of contemporary art practice are examined in-depth. Lectures, reading assignments and discussions cover a range of topics and are informed by recent art criticism and theory with links to other fields, such as philosophy, psychology, art history and cultural criticism. Students are encouraged to contribute to the dialogue and introduce topics of individual significance. Prerequisite(s):
  • SCPT 713 Sculpture Studio I
     

    SCPT 713

    Sculpture Studio I
    Discovering one’s visual, historical and philosophical interests is the first step toward developing a personal creative direction. In this course students explore their interests through self-directed research and experimental studio production. Individual meetings with faculty and group critiques with peers stimulate ideas, analysis and growth. Prerequisite(s):
  • SCPT 717 Sculpture Studio: Concept and Content
     

    SCPT 717

    Sculpture Studio: Concept and Content
    Content and context have an interdependent relationship to the production of contemporary sculpture. This course examines how the construction of content has been fused and imprinted in contemporary art. It also addresses how contextual issues such as site, spatial relationships and social settings inform the creative process. Prerequisite(s):
  • SCPT 723 Sculpture Studio II
     

    SCPT 723

    Sculpture Studio II
    Students realize their personal direction through continued self-directed research and studio production. Individual interests are specifically identified and studio explorations narrow in scope. Weekly meetings with faculty and group critiques with peers stimulate analytical discourse and growth. Prerequisite(s): SCPT 713.
  • SCPT 743 Sculpture Studio III
     

    SCPT 743

    Sculpture Studio III
    Synthesizing one’s cultural and personal interests into cohesive creative expressions is the hallmark of maturing sculptors. Students develop a unified body of work that embodies this goal. In depth, self-directed research guides creative production while weekly meetings with faculty and group critiques stimulate intense analytical discourse. Production is reviewed by faculty panels at mid-quarter and at the end of the quarter. Prerequisite(s): SCPT 723.
  • SCPT 749 Sculpture M.A. Final Project
     

    SCPT 749

    Sculpture M.A. Final Project
    All M.A. sculpture students are required to create a personal, cohesive body of work and write an extended artist’s statement. Students have the opportunity to combine historic and contemporary references with focused, self-directed expression, articulating ideas and contextual theories through refined critical self-analysis. Prerequisite(s): SCPT 743 and completion of the review for candidacy.
  • SCPT 773 Sculpture Studio IV
     

    SCPT 773

    Sculpture Studio IV
    Students produce a cohesive body of creative work by synthesizing their interests into a series of integrated expressions. In depth, self-directed research guides creative thought and production while weekly meetings with faculty and group critiques stimulate intense analytical discourse. Faculty review panels monitor and facilitate professional growth. Prerequisite(s): SCPT 743.
  • SCPT 775 Advanced Sculpture Studio
     

    SCPT 775

    Advanced Sculpture Studio
    Students prepare work for their thesis exhibition. They engage in a process of continual refinement to result in a cohesive body of work that summarizes their conceptual direction and technical mastery. Studio practice together with intense analytical discourse of current studio work and thesis draft prepare students for the visual and written components of their thesis. Prerequisite(s): SCPT 743.
  • SCPT 779F Graduate Field Internship
     

    SCPT 779F

    Graduate Field Internship
    Students in this course undertake a field assignment under the supervision of a faculty member. Prerequisite(s): 15 graduate credit hours, good academic standing.
  • SCPT 779T Graduate Teaching Internship
     

    SCPT 779T

    Graduate Teaching Internship
    Students in this course undertake a teaching assignment under the supervision of a faculty member. Prerequisite(s): 15 graduate credit hours, good academic standing.
  • SCPT 780 Special Topics in Sculpture
     

    SCPT 780

    Special Topics in Sculpture
    The topic of this course varies from term to term. Each course focuses on various issues in sculpture and allows students to pursue individual projects related to the subject of the course. Prerequisite(s): Vary according to topic.
  • SCPT 790 Sculpture M.F.A. Thesis
     

    SCPT 790

    Sculpture M.F.A. Thesis
    This course is the culmination of the student’s research and studio work. The thesis exhibit is the final examination of the student’s critical thinking skills and abilities. The M.F.A. thesis provides the opportunity for the student to make a professional presentation of his or her work and defense of the themes and direction of his or her personal vision. Prerequisite(s): Completion of the review for candidacy.